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BuildHome June Issue #24.3

1 issue FREE with your subscription (extra issue already included in the subscription) BuildHome offers a comprehensive guide to the latest home designs from custom builders, project home companies, knockdown-rebuild specialists and kit-home suppliers who service Sydney and beyond. BuildHome is published to suit specific markets catering for builders, suppliers, and consumers interested in boutique homes in NSW and Queensland. The publication is a definitive guide of inspiration for those looking to buy or build a new home.

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editor’s letter

Energy efficiency should always be a priority, a fact supported by certain building codes and various ratings systems. In NSW we have BASIX, a sustainability tool which measures a home against targets based on the NSW home benchmark average. And there is the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) star rating system which uses software to model a home based on climate, orientation and building fabric to estimate potential energy consumption. With energy costs spiraling, ensuring your home has optimum thermal performance, making it as cheap as possible to heat, cool and light, is vital. In this edition, we take a look at sustainable home design and how you can achieve maximum energy efficiency. For the novice owner-builder, a modular home can be a savvy choice. Basically, the main components are…

7 min
what’s new and what’s hot?

LIGHT YOUR WAY From Beacon Lighting, the Porter is an elegant collection of ceramic pendants, designed to complement a wide range of interior designs and a variety of applications. The Porter pendant is an indoor-only range where each ceramic shade has been finished with a textured pattern, giving it a unique and appealing handmade quality. The range comes in four on-trend colours — charcoal, white, powder blue and fresh mint — complemented by a fabric cord and matching ceramic canopy. The Porter is perfect for use in a row over a kitchen bench or dining table, or as a feature pendant beside a bed or living room armchair. Use in rooms of modern, Scandi or coastal style. For more information, visit beaconlighting.com.au SOME LIKE IT HOT Bi oethanol fireplaces operate using an eco-friendly and…

8 min
better bones

A well-designed and sturdily built home is often said to have “good bones”, meaning its underlying structure is well planned and sound. These days, however, a bit more is required of architects and builders. With climate change pressing ever more firmly on our rooftops, future-proofing your home is becoming imperative. This process of anticipating future developments to minimise negative consequences is crucial as cities become overcrowded and housing is pushed to the limit. GETTING THE DESIGN RIGHT Melbourne-based Zen Architects specialises in ecologically sustainable design (ESD), architecture that does its best to protect biodiversity and the future of environmental resources. ESD consultant Erika Bartak says, “I like to think of sustainable design as good design and not necessarily about bolt-on technology. Being comfortable and healthier, not wasting lots of money on heating…

4 min
all wrapped up

When we talk about insulation, many people think of the old fibreglass pink bats. However, insulation is not just for keeping the house warm in winter and cool in summer; it can save you money, with less dependence on mechanical heating and cooling devices, and it is a great sound insulator. For the most effective results, insulation is required in the ceiling, walls and under the floors. The Building Code of Australia (BCA) requires houses to have minimum R-value ratings on materials used in the construction of buildings. The R-value is basically a measure of resistance of heat flow through to the thickness of the material: the higher the R-value, the better the thermal performance. So what type should we use? TYPES OF INSULATION There are many types of home insulation available on…

6 min
out of the box

Everyone has heard of kit and modular homes, but many aren’t aware of the difference between them. While kit homes cover a range of price points, they can be a cost-effective option for people who need to keep an eye on the budget, and they typically offer speedier construction times. They’re also a good option for the owner-builder or owner-manager, as are modular homes that come ready to connect. We explore both options. WHAT IS A KIT HOME? Kit homes are constructed in the usual way, which means the materials and components are brought to your block of land and the home is built from the ground up. “Put simply, a kit home is a package of materials that is delivered to site for the owner-builder, owner-manager or professional builder, to assemble”…

8 min
taking it outside

There are countless benefits to working from home — no daily commute or annoying co-workers among them — but there can be challenges. For example, if you have a house full of children, getting peace and quiet in those tumultuous hours before and after school can be near impossible. Building an office in the garden can be a great solution and it’s one that increasing numbers of Australians are doing. Your garden can provide a light-filled and serene space in which to work. In a large garden, an office can be nestled into the landscape and located some distance from the home, but even in smaller outdoor spaces, an office can be seamlessly integrated. Some garden offices are pre-fabricated pods, some are converted shipping containers, others are custom-built structures. But they all…